L.L. Bean, one of the largest outdoor apparel and equipment companies in the world, is currently looking at three potential locations in Central New York to host one of its Outdoor Discovery Schools — and Cazenovia Lake is on the list. The potential school is coming to CNY as part of L.L. Bean's Fayetteville store conversation from outlet to retail.
Cazenovia lakeside residents soon may be able to rent from the town specialty mats designed to contain and kill lake weeds — both invasive and native — on their property in Cazenovia Lake. The board unanimously approved at its May 13 meeting a resolution to establish a benthic mat rental program for the town, as well as a resolution setting the rules and regulations for the program.
About 650 Cazenovia Central School District voters turned out Tuesday, May 21, and approved the district’s $26.4 million 2013-14 budget proposal, two ballot propositions and elected two board of education members.
Cazenovia community members eager to know whether the village board of trustees will or will not approve a zone change for the proposed brewery on Route 13 must wait another two weeks for the decision. After a two-hour special meeting Monday, May 20, the trustees chose to hold off on its vote until its next regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 3.
The Cazenovia Town Board last week approved a series of resolutions aimed at making town government more effective by extending the term of office for town supervisor, making the town clerk position appointed rather than elected and abolishing the town tax collector position.
Cazenovia residents who intend to vote in the June 18 village election must be registered to vote by June 7, the commissioners of the Madison County Board of Elections have stated in a recent notice regarding voter registration and absentee voting for the Cazenovia, Hamilton and Morrisville village elections.
The village planning board has recommended that Empire Brewing Company’s application for a zone change on its Route 13 property from residential to light industrial/agricultural use be approved with conditions by the village board of trustees. If the trustees accept the recommendation and vote for approval, the brewery project — after more than two years of work — will move forward rather than be stopped in its tracks.
On Tuesday, May 21, Cazenovia Central School District residents will vote on the district’s $26.4 million proposed budget for the 2013-14 school year. The proposal calls for a 3.39 percent increase in spending over 2012-13 and carries a 4.94 percent tax levy increase, the maximum allowed for the district under the state’s 2011 tax levy limit law. The budget does not include any reductions in existing academic programs.
In an otherwise light monthly meeting, the Nelson Town Board accepted the resignation of the town zoning board of appeals chair, appointed an interim ZBA chair and made other appointments to both the ZBA and the town planning board.
The latest update on village plans to convert 22 Lincklaen St. from a house to a parking lot is that the lot and the house are getting prepped for construction to begin, and the trustees are moving closer to a decision on whether the lot should have paid or free parking.
Four-hour meeting adjourns with agreement but no approval vote
The village planning board will recommend that Empire Brewing Company’s application for a zone change on its Route 13 property from residential to light industrial/agricultural use be approved with conditions by the village board of trustees, the planning board members agreed at their May 13 meeting. The exact conditions for the approval, however, have not been finalized, and the board’s vote to officially approve its recommendation will not occur until Thursday, May 16.
The Fenner Town Board has to decide what to do about a building at the corner of Nelson and Peterboro roads that had a garage addition built more than a decade ago without a permit — yet the addition still stands. A previous agreement between the town and the building owner, Jim Christenson, stated the illegal addition would be removed by June 2008 and Christenson placed $2,000 in an escrow account for the town to use should he renege. The addition was not removed, and the owner recently applied for a variance from the zoning board of appeals to allow him to keep the building as it currently is.
Noise, odor, visual, archeology and traffic impacts all determined minimal
The Cazenovia Village Board Monday night heard the results of five professional studies that determined the proposed Empire Brewing Company farmstead brewery in Cazenovia will have minimal to zero impact on surrounding noise, odor, visual aesthetics, archaeological and traffic considerations. In addition, Empire owner David Katleski informed the board that he has altered the tentative building specifications to make the brewery smaller, shorter, better screened from neighbors and more visually pleasing — all in response to the numerous neighbor and community concerns voiced in recent weeks. "This is not as functional for us as a brewery, [but] we are willing to do this” to address community concerns, Katleski said of the architectural modifications during a village board public hearing on May 6.
The political parties have chosen their candidates and the upcoming election for Cazenovia village trustee will be a contested race between two current incumbents and the outgoing president of the Cazenovia board of education. Current Mayor Kurt Wheeler will run unopposed for a second term.
Strong public support for high school social studies teacher saves job
The Cazenovia Board of Education increased this year’s budget by nearly $70,000 last night, specifically to prevent the proposed layoff of a popular high school social studies teacher who for months has had a multitude of public support urging the board to save her job. The money to pay for her retention will come out of the district’s fund balance reserve account and will not necessitate an increase in the proposed tax rate or an overriding of the state tax levy cap.